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Re: [Xen-devel] Re: Virtualization Test Day for F16 and Xen / dom0 testing instructions

On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 05:45:39PM +0300, Pasi Kärkkäinen wrote:
> > 
> > > >    ([3]https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/ticket/219). It takes time 
> > > > for us
> > > >    to setup test environment, and would be good to have some info in 
> > > > advance.
> > 

Ok, so some basic steps to test Xen dom0 functionality in Fedora 16:

- Install Fedora 16 Beta TC2 host, to become Xen dom0. Installable ISO images 
available here:

  (and LIVE ISO's here: 

- Disk partitioning on the host: First partition should be /boot as ext3, 
  for the rest of the disk use LVM volume group, and remember to leave free 
space in the 
  volume group so you can later after installation create LVM volumes for the 
  See these tutorials for an example about disk partitioning:


- After Fedora 16 is installed and everything works properly on baremetal, 
including Internet access,
  proceed to installing Xen and virtualization related packages:

  yum install xen xen-hypervisor xen-runtime libvirt virt-manager virt-viewer 

- Enable automatic start of xend and libvirtd

  chkconfig xend on
  chkconfig libvirtd on

  chkconfig --list xend
  chkconfig --list libvirtd

- Add a suitable grub entry for Xen.

This grub entry is just an example, keep your own root device uuids/names etc 
and modify to suit your setup:

menuentry 'Xen dom0, Fedora Linux 3.1.0-rc6' --class fedora --class gnu-linux 
--class gnu --class os {
        insmod part_gpt
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,gpt2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 
        multiboot       /xen-4.1.gz placeholder dom0_mem=1024M loglvl=all 
guest_loglvl=all console_to_ring cpuidle=xen
        echo    'Loading Linux 3.1.0-rc6 ...'
        module  /vmlinuz-3.1.0-rc6 root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-lv_root ro 
rd.md=0 rd.dm=0  KEYTABLE=us debug loglvel=8 rd.lvm.lv=VolGroup00/lv_swap 
SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16  rd.luks=0 rd.lvm.lv=VolGroup00/lv_root 
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        module  /initramfs-3.1.0-rc6.img

grub entries will be automatically generated later, but currently grub/grubby 
does not have all required patches to do it automatically.

- Reboot to Xen dom0!

- Verify Xen and xend works:

  xm info
  xm list

- Verify you have a bridge called "virbr0" (use: "brctl show"). It should get 
created by libvirtd.
  There should be a "dnsmasq" process running for virbr0 providing that bridge 
a DHCP server with private IPs,
  dns relay and NAT to internet, so you can use it for VM network installations.

- Install a Fedora 15 Xen PV domU:

  First create a new LVM volume for the VM:
  lvcreate -L30G -nf15_disk1 /dev/VolGroup00

  (Replace VolGroup00 with your VG name.. use "vgdisplay" to check.)

  Start actual installation:
  virt-install -d -n f15 -r 1024 --vcpus=1 -f /dev/VolGroup00/f15_disk1 --vnc 
-p -l 

  (replace the URL with your local Fedora mirror site).
  virt-install will open a virt-viewer (VNC) graphical window of the guest 
console (pvfb) where you can do the Fedora installation as usual.

- Install and test various other types of VMs, both PV and HVM.
- Try using file: disk backend (image files) aswell.
- Try using graphical "virt-manager" GUI to install Xen VMs.

- Disable automatic start of xend, reboot, and test xl / libxl, 
  also with virt-manager/virt-install.

That should get you started with testing. 

Btw. I noticed some issues installing F16 Alpha Xen PV domU, so F16 needs some 
more investigation/debugging before F16 final.

-- Pasi

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